Northamptonshire County Council’s Rushden Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) is due to re-open to the public on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, several weeks earlier than originally planned.
The redevelopment has been completed on one of the busiest and most frequently used of the 10 recycling centres operated by Amey on behalf of the council.
What improvements have been made?
Work carried out by Fitzgerald Contractors Ltd, includes the complete reconstruction of the site, resulting in the introduction of new recycling bays, an additional traffic bypass lane to accommodate more vehicles on site along with an express recycling lane so that small items can be dropped off quickly by members of the public.
The site upgrade works were required to meet the needs of residents of Northamptonshire and to enable increased recycling.
Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and the environment, said: “The site redevelopment has been an important project; the Rushden HWRC was built more than 20 years ago and accepts approximately 12,000 tonnes of waste a year with about a quarter of a million annual visitors.
“I am delighted that the work has progressed smoothly meaning that Rushden will be opening ahead of schedule.
“The upgraded HWRC is a major step towards improving waste management for everyone in the area. The public will now see the benefits of easier site use and functionality, safer traffic management and reduced congestion.
“The county council has a good record in recycling. With the opening of the enhanced centre at Rushden, we aim to improve it still further – and by so doing reduce the amount we pay in landfill tax.”